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Iranian diplomats expelled from London

Iranian diplomats expelled from London
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Diplomats working at the Iranian embassy in London have left the UK after British Foreign Secretary William Hague gave them a two-day deadline on Wednesday.

The deadline for their departure had been set at 14:00 GMT. The Home Office in London confirmed on Friday evening that the last remaining members of the Iranian diplomatic team had flown out of the country.

The Iranian staff have spent the last two days packing and should be leaving London on a plane reportedly chartered from IranAir.

According to an Iranian news agency, approximately two dozen diplomats and their families have been expelled from London.

Iran is facing tighter sanctions from the UK, US and EU over the country’s nuclear programme, but Iranian leaders are warning European countries not to side with Britain.

“We advise the Europeans not to attach their fate or pin themselves to the British. Otherwise, the resentment our people have against England will be directed towards them as well,” said Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami.

The UK has already withdrawn its embassy staff in Tehran after the compound was stormed on Tuesday.

The hostilities began after Britain cut financial ties with Iranian banks, citing concerns over the nuclear programme. In response, Iran downgraded its diplomatic ties with Britain before the building in Tehran was attacked.